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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Chasing Shadows, Deja Vu The Third

[alarm clock clicking to 6:00 AM]

[Sonny & Cher caterwauling to I Got You, Babe]


Ok, Campers, rise and shine! 'Cuz it's Groundhog Day!

Or, as Brenda here knows it:

"Groad Hogs Day"


Today is the day that we celebrate the.. having this cheeky little fella:

aka "the guy with the crappy back end":


"Did I do that?" around town with Bill Murray looking for a weather forecaster who has no shadow. Which I think makes the weather forecaster a vampire.

 Ah, American holidays.


Today is also the day when we find out if winter will end soon or not.


 [clickety click click click]

via three years and 12 hours ago

Yeah. Good luck with that, every-state-but-Florida.


So, unless shadowless weather forecasters are run over by rodent and celebrity driven automobiles, I'd say most of you are due to see a lot more of this:

"Squashed octopodes?"

Er, no. I mean this:

"Blue crabs?"

No, no, no!


[crickets chirping]

Oh, never mind.

Happy Grounn Dhog Day, y'all.


Thanks to Brenda M., M.Z., Melissa B., Saundra, Karen C., Jamie, & Kevin H., who would like to remind you to never drive angry. Especially with a quadruped

See you tomorrow, campers!

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Reader Comments (15)

Well on this side of the Atlantic it looks like we are going to get rain, rain and more rain. For what it is worth the weather commentator in 'The Times' thinks the groundhog has a poor track record of weather forecasting so it might get better.

A question for anyone I notice on the first cake the letter G looks to me like a D, I have seen this on other cakes is this how capital G's are taught in American schools. I would be interested to know just to satisfy my idle curiousity.

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Barker

Stephen Barker, I grew up in America and that's how I was taught to write a capital G, but that is not the only way it's taught.

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauraB

Stephen Barker, I grew up in America and that's how I was taught to write a capital G, but that is not the only way it's taught.

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauraB

A wrecky post and a Sunday Sweets on the SAME SUNDAY? You guys must love us.

Stephen: Generally, yes, that is what a cursive capital "G" looks like if one doesn't have particularly good handwriting. Which is most people nowadays. I think back and chuckle at elementary school teachers who insisted that we had to learn cursive because all our future teachers would require us to write in cursive, and in pen, too. By 9th grade it was nothing but computers. Ironically, my state bar exam was entirely handwritten. I had to practice a lot to rebuild those writing muscles!

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Yep, that's how I was taught to write a "G" too. The "D" is similar, but doesn't have the little peak at the top. Check out the difference here.

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura D

Cracks me up that the baker who tried to spell Punxsutawney did better than the bakers trying to spell Ground Hog! Ha ha!

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Two posts today. How fun!

@Stephen Barker: As the others have said, yeah, that's pretty much a G. When a bit sloppy, the G and the D can look similar. For visual reference, here's a list of the capital cursive letters we're taught.....


February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterT

Three years and twelve hours!
My, how time flies when you're fun.
Stay fun, sweet Cake Wrecks.

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Thank you to everyone for answering my query about Gs and Ds. I too was taught a form of cursive handwriting when I was at primary school some of which was similar to the example Laura D linked to. From memory the books we copied from were produced by Dryad a well known firm producing art materials used in schools. I have in my possesion some late Victorian/Edwardian era copy books in which the style of handwriting is very much the same.

When I went up to Secondary school (around 9 years old) you were expected to write with an ink pen and not a pencil. Biro's and other ballpoint pens were frowned upon as they considered inferior and would lead to lazy and poor handwriting. They were also accused of making sticky blots on your work. This was all back in the late 1960's.

More importantly did the groundhog see his shadow?

For Jen and John, are you responsible for who advertises next to your site, as we in the UK have adverts for the exotic lingerie firm Agent Provocateur which seems a somewhat bizarre contrast to Cake Wrecks.

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Barker

"Don't drive angry!"

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterteelo13

I rarely comment, but I check Cakewrecks faithfully every night to add some levity to a long day. This surprise bonus post just made my night, as did a two-headed Teddy Bear covered in snowflakes (?). Thank you!

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Not a single sausage in sight. Pretty poor showing for Ground Hog day cakes!

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady C

Could it be that the "blue crabs" are meant to be blue Octoroks?

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

Stephen Barker, yes, that is how a capital G is written typically in the U.S. when writing in "cursive". I'm curious as to how else it would be written. I think I'll google that. As to the person who said it isn't the only way it is taught: I grew up here and am in my 25th year of teaching elementary school. I wonder what another way would be! Maybe some newfangled (and IMO annoying) style.

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBe Serious

For those of you confused by the cursive G...I'm guessing you write it more like the one here?

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

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